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Scenic view of Yellow Cliffs

Yellow Cliffs is a site located on the Bartlett Reservoir in Cave Creek. This site offers beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountains. Yellow Cliffs has a boat-launch opportunity for both motorized and non-motorized boats. Yellow Cliffs also offers an array of water opportunities along with picnic sites. This site is perfect for families looking for a fun day out of the heat or a quick fishing trip.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Yellow Cliffs ramp – at the north end, is CLOSED,  Jojoba – at the marina, is OPEN.
Operational Hours: Day Use Only
Open Season: Year-round, as water levels permit
Restrictions: Not recommended for trailers over 32'. One trash dumpster – No other services. Glass containers prohibited. Bury human waste 6-8 inches and at least 200 feet away from camp, trails, water sources, and dry drainages.
Closest Towns: Carefree, Bartlett Lake Marina
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Flush Toilets (Accessible)
Passes: America the Beautiful Passes are only accepted at the Picnicking Site For boating, a Tonto Daily Pass and Watercraft Sticker or Tonto Discovery Pass are required. Tonto Daily Passes and watercraft sticker may be purchased at the fee machines located at the Cave Creek District Office, Bartlett Vista, or from a retail vendor.
Information Center: Cave Creek Ranger District (480)-595-3300

General Information


This site is 24 miles east of Carefree. Take Cave Creek Road 7 miles turn right on Bartlett Dam Road and turn left on FR 459. Continue on FR 459 (a paved, low speed road) for 3 miles then turn right to the site.

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